When transitioning from Education to the workplace students will often find themselves in an alien landscape. The environment and culture of the workplace is often vastly different from that of an educational institution. Current students have studied using collaborative methodologies and technology that is just now realising its potential in the workplace. As one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of workspace furniture, here at TOP-TEC, we have a wide range of collaborative furniture to choose from. Our furniture has been specially designed to promote active learning for both small and large work groups.
Designing the perfect work space
Universities with their large budgets were the first to realise the potential collaboration has on the quality of a students work. Therefore, they quickly began investing in this by using furniture designed with technology and collaboration mind, such as the TOP-TEC Collaborative-Furniture Range. You can reduce the impact of transitioning from education to the workplace by dedicating your own areas to collaborative working.
The benefits of collaborative working
Improving your ability to collaborate and share helps employees to integrate into the business and has many benefits for your existing employees. Clearer interactions and communication in dedicated spaces mean fewer interruptions and discrepancies in work. When a team or department is collaborating smoothly, sharing information and communicating seamlessly, they work more effective. Highly motivated job prospects want to to work with people they respect and whom they feel they can learn from. Being able to pass on knowledge engages both parties and helps create a sense of belonging. Collaboration gives your workplace a competitive advantage when attracting today’s students and prospective employees. By using workspace furniture, you can encourage and optimise collaborative working to the highest of levels.
A Stanford University study has shown that collaboration and teamwork inspire, motivates, increases productivity and improves well-being among participants. Social cues that signal an invitation to work with others fuel intrinsic motivation even when people are working alone. Participants of the study worked 64% longer on challenging tasks, had better engagement in and enjoyment of tasks, experienced less fatigue and reported a higher success rate.
A fantastic example of this in practice is Kramer electronics training room. Designed as a “Collaborative Classroom” within the workplace for training systems integrators. The Classroom proved so popular that it is now used by all departments as a collaborative work space. See our case study for more information.
Promoting collaborative working
It’s important to ensure that your environment works towards supporting and promoting collaborative working. This means that the furniture you use must be integrate with technology and be versatile enough to facilitate the use of a variety of devices and working methods. TOP-TEC’s workspace furniture range can help turn even the smallest places into collaborative work zones, meeting spaces and breakout areas. Synergy and focus offer customisable power & connectivity options to ensure everyone at the table can connect and interact.
You can create a more engaging work space that uses technology and encourages collaboration by speaking to a member of our team today on 0121 783 3838. Alternatively you can get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also be interested in our previous article on Education Spaces and The Change in Teaching Practices.